Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) (cont.)
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When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for an Allergic Reaction?
Act quickly if someone experiences the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. True anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment in an emergency department of a hospital, where the person can be watched closely and life-saving treatment can be given.
What Exams and Tests Diagnose an Allergic Reaction?
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Anaphylactic reactions are diagnosed solely on the basis of signs and symptoms.
Are There Home Remedies for an Allergic Reaction?
Do not attempt to treat severe reactions or to "wait it out" at home. Go immediately to the nearest emergency department or call an ambulance.
While waiting for the ambulance, try to stay calm.
If at all possible, you or your companions should be prepared to tell medical personnel what medications you take and your allergy history.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
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